The Lady is a Tramp

Picture biting into a cream puff, and just as your cheeks blossom outwards, engorged with a sweet, pale cloud of confection, your teeth hit a brittle patch of crunchy sea salt.  If you’re anything like me, you’re drooling a thick stream of saliva onto your breasts faster than you can nonchalantly mop it off at the idea of such a delight, and now you’re imagining how much you would like a taco to wash the sugar out of your mouth.

Coco

I want a crispy thin crust under the ooey gooey cheese on my pizza.  I want a sweet port reduction drizzled over my bitter arugula salad.  I want the hand that lovingly strokes my face to be scratchy with calluses.

Audrey as Coco

I want a stretch of deliciously smooth asphalt under my bike for a few moments to interrupt the pockmarked and pitted war zone that comprises most of the streets in Providence.

Marlene

I want the softest, tenderest love communicated to my body through violent shoving, throwing, tossing, choking, sweating, pushing, thrusting… Wait.  What was I talking about?

Coco

Oh right.  I want a hard wooden plank under my knees and a thick knot of guilt in my throat while I sit in church to temper the sweetness of heaven.  Hard and soft.  Sharp and sweet.  Lush and spartan.  Rough and romantic.  Asleep and aware.  Relaxed meets ready.

Boy meets girl.

Dude, how cool do women look when they wear menswear-inspired pieces?  I love seeing a woman shake back the sleeve of her pointelle knit cashmere sweater to reveal the thick, no bullshit leather strap of her father’s watch.  There’s a reason this way of dressing never goes out of style.  I’m not calling it a trend because it’s not transient; it’s a way of life.  Wearing men’s clothing feels good.  The sensation of protection you got from wearing your dad’s old shirt to bed when you were small enough for it to touch your toes doesn’t go away when you grow up.

Audrey as Coco

Menswear isn’t just a style, it’s like armor.  It has talismanic properties.  It makes you stronger.  You have to do it right, though.  The only person who ever looked good in head-to-toe men’s clothing was Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

Annie

And BOY did she look good.

Diane

The rest of us have to mix it up.  Sweeten it a little.  A spoonful of sugar helps the arsenic go down.  We have what you need.  Come and get it and go for it.

Wipe the smug look off all that white lace by pairing it with trousers and a wool fedora.  Oxfords are even prettier when they have a 3-inch heel.

Brixton fedora, asymmetric lace tank, welt pocket pants, Franka oxfords, bow tie necklace by With Care, sterling silver bike chain earrings by McMillan Metals

Femme up a masculine ensemble with clean lines and some seriously bitchin’ pumps.  Oh, and by not wearing pants.

Broken Glass shirtdress, Abbey hat, Lois jacket, Curtain Call shoes, tie by Field Day Wearables, Hue tights

The difference between menswear and menswear-inspired clothing for women?  Tailoring.

Hooligan cap, pattern detail cardigan, Jill trousers, tie by Field Day Wearables, metal and leather cuff by Maria Bulman, Keds Champion Oxfords in espresso

Tough and pretty, like a diamond.

Ringmaster blazer, 3/4 sleeve lace dress, Pack hat, Ash boot, badge by With Care, Hue tights

Or like a gun.

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About Queen of Hearts and Modern Love

We are Queen of Hearts, a fashion boutique featuring cool, covetable jewelry, amazingly adorable dresses, and uniquely perfect gifts in downtown Providence. A lot of our inventory is handcrafted by talented local designers and artists. We also have a little sister! Her name is Modern Love. She's a sleek, modern shoe store with a gorgeous selection of shoes, jewelry, and accessories. She's currently stocked with Frye, Irregular Choice, Poetic License, Nicole, Hue tights, We Love Colors hosiery, and many many more. We love to see your beautiful face in person, but if you can't make it visit our new online shop at http://www.queenofheartsandmodernlove.com!
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